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What to do with Masahiro Tanaka?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:16 pm ET) If you own Masahiro Tanaka in Fantasy, your best bet is to hang on to him for now. If you try to trade him with all the uncertainty surrounding his elbow, you might get only pennies on the dollar.

Pennies don't win championships. A crumpled dollar might.

I've downgraded Tanaka in my rankings because, like everyone else, I'm scared. We've seen enough season-ending elbow injuries this year to know how suddenly they pop up, and the lack of information on Tanaka's so far is unsettling. But a panic move is never advised. To trade one of the most valuable players in Fantasy knowing he could end up missing just 2-4 weeks (or whatever), you'd still need something awfully good in return.

Tanaka now ranks 14th for me, meaning I'd still need a true ace to part with him. Cole Hamels is the last of what I'd consider the "true aces," coming in at 13th.

Obviously, that's subject to change as the situation develops, but if you can get one of my top 13 starting pitchers for Tanaka, you might want to unload the worry on someone else.


Justin Morneau to take part in the Home Run Derby
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:16 pm ET) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will take part in the Home Run Derby.

Morneau was a finalist in the Final Vote, but lost out to Anthony Rizzo. Despite that, Morneau was asked to take part in the Derby. While Morneau could still find his way onto the All-Star roster as an injury replacement, he doesn't have to be on the team to take part in the Derby. Yoenis Cespedes won last season despite not being on the All-Star team.

Morneau won the Derby back in 2008. He's hitting .313/.346/.509 over 320 at-bats. He's hit 13 home runs. 


Stephen Vogt plates three in win over Giants
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:15 pm ET) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt came up big at the plate again Thursday afternoon against the Giants in San Francisco.

Vogt singled in a run in the fifth inning and singled in two more in the sixth. He finished 2 for 5 with three RBI in a 6-1 victory. He is hitting .367 with three homers and 16 RBI in 98 at-bats.

Nate Jones hopes to pitch again this season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) White Sox reliever Nate Jones remains confident in pitching again this season, according to MLB.com. Jones is still aiming for a late-July or early-August return from back surgery.

"Absolutely. There's no thought that comes across my mind that it would have to wait until Spring Training or anything like that," Jones said. "I have confidence that it's going to be this year for sure."

Jonathon Niese unlikely to return against San Diego
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese is unlikely to return against the Padres, according to MLB.com.

Niese was expected to be ready for the team's first series, but will likely return the following Monday. If he returns Monday, his first start will come against the Mariners. Niese is dealing with inflammation in his shoulder. He has a 2.96 ERA over 103 1/3 innings. 


Time to add Jimmy Nelson?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:01 pm ET) Word is Jimmy Nelson could enter the Brewers starting rotation as early as Saturday, replacing the beleaguered Marco Estrada. It's little more than speculation right now, but considering he's arguably the most anticipated pitching prospect yet to get an extended look in the majors this year, it might be reason enough to act.

Does that mean you should add him across the board? Maybe not. Look, he's no Taijuan Walker in terms of ability, but his exact upside is difficult to pinpoint with the kind of year he's had at Triple-A Nashville, going 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. And that's in the Pacific Coast League, which is widely considered to be one of the most hitter-friendly leagues in all the minors.

Coming into the year, Nelson was presumed to be little more than a mid-rotation type, but that's when he was plagued by control issues that have been nowhere to be found this year. He has issued just 2.6 walks per nine innings.

The raw stuff is good. He throws a mid-90s fastball with good sink, which all but assures he won't get burned by home runs in the big leagues, and he has enough of a secondary arsenal to miss bats with regularity. Plus, because of the time he spent in the majors last season, he's eligible at relief pitcher, which is huge in Head-to-Head points leagues.

So maybe he's not high-end enough to be must-add before he even arrives, but if he fills a need for you, why not take a flier?


Jon Lester Ks 12 in no-decision vs. White Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:00 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was unable to factor into the decision Thursday afternoon against the White Sox. The right-hander yielded one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out 12 over seven innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 23 innings, Lester has allowed only one earned run. He owns a 2.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 19 starts (129 innings). It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.

Tim Hudson smashed against the Athletics Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:56 pm ET) Giants pitcher Tim Hudson was smashed against the Athletics Thursday.

Hudson actually pitched fairly well early on. He did allow two earned runs through the first five innings, but things really fell apart in the sixth. After a leadoff double, Hudson allowed a two-run home run against Josh Donaldson. Hudson then allowed two more doubles, and eventually issued an intentional walk to load the bases. He was replaced by Javier Lopez, who gave up a two-run single to Stephen Vogt. Both of those runs were charged to Hudson.

Hudson allowed six earned runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four. The loss dropped Hudson to 7-6 on the year. His next start will come shortly after the All-Star break. 


Jose Quintana stays sharp in no-decision vs. Boston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:56 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana turned in a quality start but was forced to settle for a no-decision in his final start before the All-Star break Thursday afternoon against the Red Sox in Boston.

Quintana tossed seven innings and allowed only three earned runs on two hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. Of his 111 pitches, 71 were strikes. Over his last three starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Quintana has allowed only three earned runs.

Quintana owns a 3.24 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 107:34 K:BB ratio over 19 starts (119 1/3 innings). It remains to be seen when the left-hander will make his next start after the break.

Josh Donaldson clubs 20th home run
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:51 pm ET) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson celebrated being named to the Home Run Derby by launching his 20th home run of the season Thursday afternoon against the Giants in San Francisco. It took him until Sept. 4 of last year to reach 20 home runs.

Donaldson took starter Tim Lincecum deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI in a 6-1 win. He is hitting .241 with 65 RBI in 353 at-bats.

 
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